Clinical Depression: Is Treatment Possible?

Monday, 03 Feb 2014 03:41 AM

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Mild depression is a part of life. However, if depression or mental anxiety persists long or its signs become consistent, it can cause a major mental disorder called depressive syndrome or clinical depression. There are many types of clinical depression with varying signs or symptoms according to age, gender, and ethnicity. A loss of sex drive, severe anxiety, feeling of sorrow and immense grief, hopelessness, isolation from the society, negative thoughts, or thoughts about suicide are some common signs of clinical depression. Though treatment is available for severe mental disorders, it is not totally justified to say that it is curable. However, an expert psychiatrist can treat most people suffering from clinical mental problems using antidepressants and regular counseling. Various other treatment therapies can help cure acute anxiety or signs of mental illness. Let us discuss the treatment options for clinical depression and ways to prevent it.

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Common signs and symptoms of clinical depression:
  • Difficulty in concentrating and anxiety
  • Loss of interest in work
  • Persistent feeling of sadness and hopelessness
  • Constant negative thoughts and thoughts of suicide
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Problems in dealing with society
  • Feeling of guilt and complete worthlessness
  • Remarkable change in weight – either weight gain or weight loss
  • Fatigue and restlessness
     
Possible Treatment for Clinical Depression: Safeguards Against Mental Illness

People suffering from this mental illness find it difficult to seek treatment. There is a great deal of resistance in mentally depressed patients about opting for treatment or visiting the doctor to take necessary drugs and therapy. This delays the treatment procedure and worsens the mental anxiety or other signs of the condition. However, the following safeguards against this mental problem can be effective treatment options.
 
  • Talk to a trustworthy person and take assistance: With the first sign of clinical depression, the person or concerned caregiver must share the symptoms with a close relative, friend, or someone trusted. This can help the victim get proper emotional support, safeguard against signs of mental anxiety becoming adverse, and ensure that an expert doctor is consulted for treatment to start and continue.
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  • Take professional advice from a psychiatrist: The doctor can help in fighting clinical depression and help the patient achieve signs of a balanced mental status. This is done using prescribed medicines and other relevant therapies to eradicate the harsh signs of clinical depression. The antidepressants available for special types of depression work in resolving anxiety and various other signs of mental illness. The doctor can also guide patients on how to eradicate negative thoughts and advise on alternative treatments apart from medication. It is necessary to understand the causes that increase anxiety and deepen depression. This can help a patient identify and find the root cause of clinical depression. However, the causes may not be easy to discover. This is possible only with the help of an expert doctor who can read the signs exhibited by the mind during the difficult time and advise on the best possible treatment. Usually, therapies range from cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral therapy to rational emotive therapy and psychodynamic measures, which the psychiatrist can prescribe as treatments for the clinical depression.
 
How to Prevent Clinical Depression

Clinical depression or any other mental anxiety or mental illness can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle with proper exercises, learning stress managing techniques, adequate and timely sleep, healthy food, avoiding hazardous drugs, growing healthy and effective relationships, and learning ‘feel-good’ techniques.

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